Le Paradou

The charm of Provence in miniature
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Le Paradou is a charming little village located south of Les Baux-de-Provence, at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range.

In the heart of the Alpilles

The charm of Provence in miniature.

Le Paradou is a small village located between Fontvieille and Maussane-les-Alpilles, at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range. It lends its name from the mills along the river Arcoule and was formerly called Saint-Martin-de-Castillon, referring to the site of the Towers of Castillon.

"Paradou" is the Provençal word for a fulling mill, driven by a hydraulic engine and formerly used to beat woven woolen fabric. 

Ambling around, you will come upon oratories, beautiful Provençal farmhouses (« mas ») as well as the Pène mountain range, dominated by the Towers of Castillon. Peaceful, quiet little streets will appeal as an invitation to Paradou's excellent restaurants.

A small Provençal market is held in Paradou every Tuesday morning.

Mairie Le Paradou

"THERE IS NO PROVENCE. WHOEVER LOVES IT LOVES THE WORLD OR LOVES NOTHING." Jean Giono

Mairie Le Paradou

Top Walks : 

  • Discovery of the Pène mountain range via the Castillon Towers, with a bird's view over the Alpilles to the north and of the marshes to the south.
  • A stroll through the village centre.

Le Paradou was the home of peasant poet Charles-Henri Rieu, known as Charloun, who translated many literary works into Provençal, thus earning great respect as well as the friendship of Frédéric Mistral (famous Provençal writer, founder of the Félibrige). You can admire his bust on the fountain in front of the town hall and his tomb in the cemetery.

The must-sees :

  • The site of the Towers of Castillon.
  • The Clapier Cross, at the cemetery (listed as a historical monument).
  • The bust and tomb of Charloun Rieu.
  • The Saint-Martin-de-Castillon Church.
  • The council room decorated by Christain Lacroix.
  • La Petite Provence du Paradou, Santon Museum
Mairie Le Paradou

Must-sees to explore

La Petite Provence du Paradou
Petite Provence du Paradou
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La Petite Provence du Paradou

  • Museum
Les Tours de Castillon
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Paradou

Les Tours de Castillon

  • Historic site and monument
L'église Saint-Martin-de-Castillon
Mairie Paradou
Paradou

L’église Saint-Martin-de-Castillon

  • Historic site and monument
Salle du Conseil: Fresque Christian Lacroix
Mairie Paradou
Paradou

Salle du Conseil: Fresque Christian Lacroix

  • Historic site and monument
La Croix des Clapiers
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Paradou

La Croix des Clapiers

  • Historic site and monument
Buste et tombeau de Charloun Rieu
Mairie Paradou
Paradou

Buste et tombeau de Charloun Rieu

  • Historic site and monument
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